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2004-11-30
Bernd Blaauw has posted the FreeDOS Beta9 (Service Release #1). ISO image or 1.44MB boot floppy image. Get it here.

2004-08-09
The FreeDOS 1.0 To-do list got updated a bit: the list of errorlevels is now available in English language and there is a list of bugs for which more feedback would be helpful. Note that some items were moved to the Post 1.0 To-do list.

2004-07-10
The folks at FindOpenSourceSupport.com have created a directory of individuals and companies that offer consulting and contract support services for Open Source Software - including FreeDOS. (If you already provide support for FreeDOS, you may want to create a support profile at ayamon.com so you can be added to the directory.)

Warning: ASUS motherboards and FreeDOS! See Technote211.

FreeDOS Beta 9 Service Release #1 Distribution
    jhall1 - 2004-12-01 05:00  
Bernd Blaauw writes: "Hereby I announce an updated version of the FreeDOS Beta9 Distribution. This release fixes several issues like damaging the bootloader of a previous operating system, and also updates several FreeDOS components. This Service Release only contains the BASE diskset and the corresponding sources for it. A more complete version is expected in the near future, when we start on Beta 10 or Pre-1.0 releases. With over 10 years of working together on the FreeDOS project, this open source DOS is almost ready for a 1.0 release. Therefore we ask you to help us add items to the FreeDOS 1.0 To-Do list and to resolve the remaining issues."

New EMM386 update
    jhall1 - 2004-11-24 09:50  
Micheal Devore writes: "Uploaded to ftp://ftp.devoresoftware.com/downloads is an updated emm386.zip, the full FreeDOS HIMEM and EMM386 files. EMM386 has several enhancements. It adds support for the most-used API subset of VDS with the VDS option, allowing network drivers to be loaded high in UMBs. All moves to and from control and debug registers via standard registers (e.g. MOV DR3,ESI) are now supported in V86 mode, i.e. when EMM386 is present. EMM386 source was updated to support the 'M' and 'G' suffixes made by Aitor Santamar´┐Ża Merino for HIMEM, where those suffixes can be used. All command line options are listed in the EMM386 feedback. And, to quell past minor outrage, the ALTBOOT option was renamed NOALTBOOT. [..] As always, should you have any problems let me know. Should you have a problem using VDS, unfortunately there is a good chance I may not be able to duplicate the problem since those are typically tied to a particular model network card or environment, and thus not be able to fix it." This has also been mirrored at http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/dos/emm386/

New UDMA2 (updated)
    jhall1 - 2004-11-07 09:07  
Jack Ellis has started development on a new UDMA driver, called UDMA2. It's hosted at http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/dos/udma/devel/ ("devel" so it won't be confused with the "stable" releases.) Jack notes: "A) UDMA2 is now back in NASM format. B) UDMA2 now lets the pooling "threshhold" be set EQUAL to whatever a "cache" program is using as its output size. Runs MUCH better! C) Since "output pooling" has its limitations, UDMA2 now allows using "output overlap" also, which buffers but does NOT "pool" output, and which seems to run just as QUICK, for me anyway! D) Except for not displaying the controller "names" (PCI vendor/device I.D. numbers ARE still displayed) and for not offering "DMA only" as an option, UDMA2 includes ALL OTHER features of the V7.0 UDMA!"

German FreeDOS Kompendium
    jhall1 - 2004-10-30 13:33  
Thought everyone might like to see Stefan Mayrhofer's terrific effort to create a Germn documentation Wiki for FreeDOS. Stephan writes: "hi, I'm working on a German wiki book called 'FreeDOS Kompendium' at http://de.wikibooks.org/wiki/FreeDOS-Kompendium based on the wiki concept so everyone is invited to contribute (in German) to it. of course all content is under the terms of gfdl. Maybe someone wants to translate this to other languages."

Updated HIMEM, EMM386
    jhall1 - 2004-10-30 09:35  
Michael Devore wrote: "Uploaded to ftp.devoresoftware.com/downloads are HIMEM.ZIP (compressed HIMEM.EXE file only), and EMM386.ZIP ( the full FreeDOS file set of HIMEM and EMM386 for those few individuals interested in all base files and those updated by this interim release). This version of HIMEM contains revisions made by Aitor Santamar´┐Ża Merino. Specifically, HIMEM command line feedback has been updated with recent features; the TESTMEM option has been improved, the standard Microsoft HIMEM option HMAMIN is now supported (although I'm not sure if anything can really use it); and HIMEM now recognizes the suffixes M for megabytes, G for gigabytes, and K for kilobytes in its option values. In the HIMEM changes, I slightly updated and corrected to typical technical English several of the original modifications, but that's it for my input on this HIMEM revision. I have not strongly tested the changes beyond the feedback and booting into the new revision, but it looks good. Any problems, let me know."

FreeDOS EDIT 0.82
    jhall1 - 2004-10-24 10:47  
Joe Cosentino writes: " Hey all, I've updated Edit to version 0.82 and have fixed a lot of bugs and made some additional improvements to it, such as the ability to load a blank file on startup or not. I've decided and ADAMANT about not adding these features: (1) Version number in titlebar. You should know what version you are using... Also, look in Help|About. This is not difficult and fairly common of almost every single piece of software created. (2) I'm not putting a ridiculous keyboard shortcut in the title of 1 single window in the entire freakin' program. See second part of number 1. (3) As far as the disk write-protection error goes: I don't know about this, because on the machine I'm testing it on, it works (albiet this is an MS system, not a FreeDOS system) which leads me to believe that this could possibly be a kernel problem. (4) As of right now, /H does not work, has not worked and unless someone wants to write an algorithm to determine the maximum number of lines a screen can handle (not which one it is currently set at), it'll just sit there." The download is http://www.geocities.com/xsaintx69/freedos/edit082.zip

FreeDOS Beta9 (Final) is out!
    jhall1 - 2004-09-29 05:43  
Bernd Blaauw has posted the FreeDOS Beta9 (Final). From the announcement: "I'm proud to announce you the final version of the FreeDOS Distribution Beta9 series. The aim of this release was to update software components, to facilitate installation, to actually offer the disksets on diskettes again, and to make sure FreeDOS cooperates nicely with any previous installed operating system. Credits to Eric Auer for the OScheck utility. The FreeDOS Beta 9 Distribution is now available at ibiblio and Fdos.org. This release is available as an ISO image For your convenience we also provide a 1.44MB bootdisk image. (A complete diskette distribution still lacks, though.)" Get it at http://www.freedos.org/freedos/files/

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New ROMOS 0.98
    jhall1 - 2004-09-25 07:36  
Martin Rehak writes: "I would like to announce new version of ROMOS + FreeDOS kernel 2035 - New version 0.98 contains a lot of changes and code optimalizations. The most important improvement is change of storage of few needed permanent data from ROMOS segment to unused place in interrupt vector table. This allows ROMOS to run from true read-only memory (such as EPROM on ISA board without shadowing) and under BOCHS PC emulator where ROMOS can be comfortable and without risks tuned. Now ROMOS is not fixed to given ROM segment but practically we have only few choices in PC: D000h or E000h (only for older PCs). Also structure of INT13h routine was changed for easier adding of new subfunctions. Subfunction 03 (write sector) was added and return proper errorcode. For faster orientation in code I placed a brief state diagram at end of source file. Later I updated kernel to version 2035 in virtual ROM disk image." http://rayer.wz.cz/romos/romose.htm

NwDsk Arachne plug 'n play bootflop
    jhall1 - 2004-09-13 15:01  
Erwin Veermans wrote: "I updated this NwDsk FreeDOS Arachne bootflop. Latest Kernel has been applied and I pruned Arachne from some superfluous stuff and optimized its startup-settings for minimum P100 with 2MB VESA. For machines not matching these requirements this can be skipped for a blanco config. Also the WATTCP-configuration for both DHCP and Static is now fully transparant by configuring NwDsk's NwLan module. It has Ping and Tcpinfo on board to test your WATTCP configuration, and I squeezed in a total of 15 widely used nic drivers. It will optionally save Hotlist, History and Cookies to the bootflop for re-use after reboot. Homepage defaults to http://www.freedos.org/ and search-page to Google." Available as Fd16ara.exe at http://www.veder.com/nwdsk/#images

Edlin 2.3 released
    jhall1 - 2004-09-06 10:51  
Gregory Pietsch writes: "When searching the Internet for "freedos edlin" I found a patch to 2.1 on a Japanese website. Using the files from that patch (renamed to follow format), I tried to put together a Japanese edlin. Also, the guy used Borland as his compiler and there is a kluge in edlib.c (apparently, the guy thought kbhit() was not working, and wrote his own version of kbhit()). I would like to know if this has been patched so that I can dike that kluge out of there. What's new about this version is that the code has been slightly modified to accomodate the Japanese language." http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/dos/edlin

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